Jonas Van Audenaerde is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Oncological Research at the University of Antwerp. He first graduated as a medical lab technician at KaHo St. Lieven Ghent, Belgium and subsequently went studying biomedical sciences at the Free University of Brussels, Belgium. Here, he did research internships at the laboratory of Haematology and Immunology and at the laboratory of Gene Therapy and Regenerative Medicine. He completed his master thesis at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium where he was involved in the development of new therapies for treatment of HIV. The Antwerp environment clearly inspired him because after his studies, he started his PhD studies at the University of Antwerp.
The PhD project of Jonas Van Audenaerde focusses on the development of a new combination immunotherapy for patients with pancreatic cancer. The main topic is the functioning of the innate immune system and how this can be used to battle this extremely deadly cancer. During his PhD studies, he completed a research internship at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Australia where he skilled himself in new state-of-the-art research techniques. His obtained funding for his project by receiving a fellowship from the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) and the Flemish Association for Gastro-enterology (VVGE). His ongoing research has led to oral and poster presentations on national and international congresses, including at the EACR Immuno-Oncology Congress and the CIMT.
Finally, he is also dedicated to cancer research outside the lab. For example, he is an Ambassador of the EACR, the European Association for Cancer Research. Here, he helps bringing young researchers together to stimulate exchange of knowledge and helps in developing policies on cancer research.
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- postdoctoral researcher